Bleachers, the indie-pop group fronted by New Jersey native Jack Antonoff, blessed fans with the announcement of their new single, the third studio album, and a US tour! What more could we want?
2021 has started extremely strong for Jack with a performance at the GRAMMYs alongside Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner, as well as the release of numerous albums that he’s co-written and produced – some examples are Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over The Country Club and St. Vincent’s Daddy’s Home. And with the recent announcements, it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down any time soon.
Bleachers, Let’s Be Pen Pals!
On April 27th, the Bleachers band account mysteriously tweeted to their 95,000 followers asking them to send a self-addressed stamped envelope to a p.o box in New Jersey, which sent fans into a frenzy.
Throughout the two weeks after this tweet, fans started to receive their mail – which all seemed to be different pieces to a puzzle, which would reveal everything we needed to know about B3. So, the @solvingb3 account was created on Instagram, and the investigating began!
The fans worked together to solve the mystery, with numerous hints and new images arriving daily from all around the world. The account gained over a thousand followers and cracked the code just in time for the announcement.
The Soundtrack To Summer
On May 18th, Bleachers released their new track ‘Stop Making This Hurt,’ which was accompanied by a music video directed by Carlotta Kohl. You can watch HERE or check it out below!
The track is an upbeat, jazz-influenced anthem with an insane saxophone solo halfway through. Jack Antonoff explained that the idea for the track came to him when the line ‘stop making this hurt’ started ringing in his head. He said that “the pandemic hit and I got the band in a room and we played like we may never play again … it took on another meaning. I found myself banging at the door of the next phase of my life and to open brings up all the darkness from the past and what’s holding you back. I could intellectualize it for days but what I’m truly left with is a voice in my head shouting ‘stop making this hurt.'” The bridge of the song references the title of the upcoming album, Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night, which was also announced yesterday.
The new track is the lead single for the album but is not the first track that we’ve heard from it. Two more offerings, ‘45‘ and ‘Chinatown’ (featuring Bruce Springsteen) were released in late 2020 and were met with mass critical praise. Take The Sadness Out of Saturday Night is the highly anticipated, third album from Bleachers, which follows the previous albums Gone Now and Strange Desire, which was received extremely well by both fans and critics. The album is set for release on July 30th, 2021 via RCA Records and can be pre-ordered HERE.
The album is made up of ten tracks, and if the three that have already been released are anything to go off of, we are already 100% certain that this is going to be one of our favorite albums released this year; we cannot wait!
Hit The Road, Jack!
As if this wasn’t already enough, Bleachers have also announced their Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night US tour, which is taking place this fall. The first date is Jack’s Shadow of the City festival in New Jersey on September 11th, where he will be joined by Beach Bunny and Claud, just to name a few. For more information about the festival, go HERE. The tour has dates all over the US, with stops in LA, TX, and MN. The tour runs from early September to November – a busy year for Bleachers! We just hope they have enough time to spare to visit the rest of the world too! Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, May 21st at 10 AM local time and can be purchased HERE.
Bleachers are giving the fans a glimpse into how the new album will sound live with their performance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 26th. They will be performing their new single ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ live, in-studio making them the first full band to do so in over a year! Will you be watching? Let us know in the comments or tweet us over @TheHoneyPop!
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Featured Image Source: Carlotta Kohl